Sunday, 2 October 2016

Superfast broadband - frustratingly slow release

Updates from OnLincolnshire

I refer to my last blog on this matter. This is the latest depressing news:

27th September 2016

Questions to Steve Brookes
1. Do we know if the revised records are now available for the ISP’s to offer fibre from the new cabinet 17?
2. Has the Change Request been finally signed off, if not have BT given any indication when this might happen?

1. I am told that the records will be finalised tomorrow, so fingers crossed.
2. The CR hasn't been formally signed off, but I am assured that it will happen within the next week or so. As soon as it, I will drop you a line.

30th September 2016

Project Updates
Metheringham 3/2 (Nocton) - Still with commissioners to finalise records

Public update regarding letters sent to communities by BT
We are aware that a number of communities have been approached by BT in relation to the above scheme.

In essence, the scheme asks community members to express an interest in a fibre based broadband solution and then asks them to contribute towards the cost of the build.

This scheme isn't related to the Lincolnshire Broadband Programme and we are unaware of letters BT are sending out to communities.

Our position remains, that we will utilise existing funding from Contract 1 underspend and from what we call a clawback arrangement with BT to attempt to fund additional communities over and above what have been deployed in Contract 1 or is planned in contract 2. Until we have established which additional communities/premises we can cover with this funding, we cannot support any scheme that asks communities for funding which may subsequently be covered by the extra work we are currently investigating. We hope to make further announcements shortly regarding this matter.

Sky calls for BT Openreach separation

" BT’s response as the monopoly owner of Britain’s national broadband infrastructure is to underinvest in fibre and continue to sweat its existing copper network. “As a result, a mere 2 per cent of UK households had access to fibre to the home last year..."


  1. Hi Geoff

    Latest update for Nocton Fibre Broadband.

    "Metheringham 3/2 (Nocton) - Commissioning complete, service availability imminent"

    I spoke with BT sales today asking to upgrade to BT Infinity 1 at the promotional price of £10 per month for up to 52mb, weekend calls etc plus line rental for a 12 month contract. "We now have it on our screen but we cannot take upgrades or new orders yet" came the reply .

    And guess what.........the promotional offer ends Sunday 9th.

    Sods law I guess.

    Keep chasing them Geoff for your cut over date.

    Mick Middleton

    1. Thanks Mick - I have scheduled the update for the blog and will chase Onlincolnshire again next week on the Change Request. If you don't mind, please let me know when BT are able to take your fibre order, then I can announce its general availability. Cheers.


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